Isaiah Thomas - Isaiah Thomas has been dealing with injuries on and off since his days with Boston. It is the hip bothering him right now, and that is not a good sign since he has had surgery on it. Denver has enough scoring to have him recover to begin the season, but anything more would be a problem since it was their only offseason acquisition. Thomas is definitely going to miss the start of the season, and the Nuggets will go with a timeshare or the hot hand to fill in for the Thomas absence to start the year.
Michael Porter Jr - The latest first round draft pick missed most of his freshman year, but the hype was enough to get him drafted within the first round. As long as he is healthy, Michael Porter will be the long term option for the Nuggets, but there is no intent to rush him back. He had back surgery right at the beginning of his freshman year in college, which pushed down his draft stock. He has all the tools to be a star in this league if he can stay healthy, and Denver is definitely one of the better places to land.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
The Nuggets in the post-2000 era are an interesting bunch given they have went through two eras one with Melo, and one without. Marcus Camby played a while in Denver, and went through multiple injuries. He had sprained fingers, strained Achilles tendons and other various injuries. He was a warrior playing through a lot, and one of the better team players we have seen. Kenyon Martin had surgery on his knee to kick off the 2006 season, which had him miss the whole year. Martin had been playing well and the Nuggets were relying on him. This was a big setback for the Nuggets to begin the year. Allen Iverson came over to Denver after his stint in Philly. He dealt with an ankle sprain for a lot of that 2006-2007 season.
J.R. Smith also had surgery during this knee, and this roster should really take you back if you are a basketball fan. It was the 2009 season when Anthony had a major injury, fracturing a bone in his right hand. He would go onto miss a few weeks, so the Nuggets dodged a bullet. Later on in 2010, Chauncey Billups tore a ligament in his right wrist, and that set back the Nuggets that season given it happened in December. Danilo Gallinari has had some major injuries in his career, with one coming in 2012 when he had a chip fracture in his left ankle. The very next year he tore his ACL in the month of April, which caused him to miss most of next season. Ty Lawson was also a constant trip to the injury room, dealing with strains and sprains. In 2014, Nate Robinson suffered a torn ACL, and spent the season rehabbing.